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Taste Your Way Through California's Central Valley


Start your tasting tour of California's breadbasket in Tehachapi, Begin the day with breakfast at The Apple Shed and purchase a snack to take with you to the scenic overlook of the Tehachapi Loop or to replenish after a hike in Red Rock Canyon.

After exploring the Kern County Museum in Bakersfield, you'll probably be hungry again. Try some authentic Basque food at Benji's French Basque or Chalet Basque where you'll be served family style. If it's getting late in the day, Bakersfield offers plenty of lodging options. In the morning, head over to the Tule Elk State Reserve off Hwy 5.

Continue up Hwy 5 to Coalinga and stop at Harris Ranch. Enjoy a hearty breakfast or steak from California's largest feedlot and consider spending the night at their on-site hotel. In the morning, fill up with gasoline and head across Hwy 198 through Hanford, where you'll have to stop at Superior Dairy for some homemade ice cream. Continue into Visalia to Naturally Nuts and choose from seventeen different varieties of almonds and other locally grown products. You'll find many different restaurants to choose from in Visalia if you're in need of some solid food.

Contine to Springville and check into the Springville Inn for the night, precluded by a fabulous dinner at the inn's Stagecoach Bar & Grill. You'll probably stay a couple of days to enjoy the Sequoia National Monument (technically located in the High Sierra's region) and surrounding area, so when you do leave after breakfast you're headed to Kingsburg to sample some Sun-Maid Raisins. Explore the underground gardens of Forestiere. When you reach Fresno, let the kids run off some energy at the Rotary Storyland and Playland before stopping at the Valley Growers Fig Store. You'll probably want to spend the night in Fresno.


After visiting the Merced County Courthouse Museum, you'll be arriving at a highlight of your tour, the world's largest cheese plant, The Hilmar Cheese Company. Hopefully you'll get to see the cheesemakers at work, but you'll certainly enjoy samples and the interactive displays. Purchase some pizza made with Hilmar cheese from the deli to enjoy on the landscaped picnic area.

Follow Hwy 99 to Modesto and stop at Blue Diamond Almonds for some samples and then join a Wild West Adventure on the Sierra Railroad Dinner Train. Spend the night in Jamestown at the National Hotel with some ghosts after visiting the Railtown 1897 State Historic Park and proceed to Lodi for a little wine tasting and a ride on the ferry.

Now head toward Davis where the kids can play in a cornfield and tour the Raptor Center, then stop at Satiety Winery & Cafe' for a traditional English pasty. A stop in Williams and you'll sample some olives and may order lunch before heading to Yuba City to visit Sunsweet Growers.


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